Wong Po-yan

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Wong Po-yan
Deputy of Hong Kong to the NPC
In office
8 December 1997 – 3 December 2002
9th National People's Congress
Member of the Legislative Council
In office
10 October 1979 – 25 August 1988
Appointed by Sir Murray MacLehose
Sir Edward Youde
Personal details
Born (1923-05-05) 5 May 1923 (age 93)
Hwei-An, Fujien, Mainland China
Alma mater National University of Amoy
Occupation Director
Religion Protestantism

Wong Po-yan, GBM CBE, JP (born 5 May 1923 in Hwei-An, Fujien, Mainland China) is a Hong Kong businessman and politician.

Wong Po-yan was born in and brought up in Fujien and studied Chemistry at the National University of Amoy before he moved to Hong Kong. He became a successful industrialist with his plastic material company United Oversea Enterprises, Ltd. that he founded in 1958.[1]

In 1962, he was elected to the general committee of the Chinese Manufacturers' Association of Hong Kong (CMA). As the representative of the CMA, he was appointed as the member of the Hong Kong Trade Development Council. He was appointed to the Legislative Council by Governor Murray MacLehose in 1979 and served until 1988.[2]

After the United Kingdom and the People's Republic of China agreed to hand over the sovereignty of Hong Kong in 1997, Wong was appointed by the PRC government to the Hong Kong Basic Law Drafting Committee which was responsible for drafting the Hong Kong constitution after 1997. He subsequently became the member of the Preparatory Committee in 1996 which prepared for the transition of the sovereignty.

During the transition period, Wong Po-yan was appointed the chairman of the Provisional Airport Authority in 1995 to oversee the construction and opening of the Chek Lap Kok Airport. He was blamed for the chaotic opening of the airport in 1998.[3] He was also the chairman of Asia Television between 1998 and 2002.

He was the Hong Kong deputy to the 9th National People's Congress from 1997 to 2002 and the deputy director of the Hong Kong Basic Law Committee under the National People's Congress from 1997 to 2006.

He was awarded the Grand Bauhinia Medal in 1998.


  1. ^ "Wong, Po Yan 黃保欣". Webb-site Who's Who. Retrieved 6 May 2013. 
  2. ^ "Database on LegCo members". Legislative Council of Hong Kong. Retrieved 4 May 2013. 
  3. ^ Schafferer, Christian (2005). Understanding modern East Asian politics. Nova Science Publishers. p. 111. 
Political offices
New creation Chairman of the Hong Kong Airport Authority
Succeeded by
Victor Fung
Business positions
Preceded by
Lim Por-yen
Chairman of the Asia Television
Succeeded by
Chan Wing-kee
Order of precedence
Preceded by
Ng Hong-mun
Recipient of the Grand Bauhinia Medal
Hong Kong order of precedence
Recipient of the Grand Bauhinia Medal
Succeeded by
Anson Chan
Recipient of the Grand Bauhinia Medal